Fleckenstein, France. An imposing castle placed atop a giant vertical rock, Fleckenstein was once considered impregnable. Built in the 12th century, the castle stood its ground for four centuries before eventually facing destruction. I'll post more (including a reconstruction) in the comments.


I love the way the steps have grooves worn in them from all the base traffic. You are thought by me mean rain You think that is what did it? It has a pretty good spot that is worn the middle where your ...



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  • I love how the steps have grooves worn in them from all the foot traffic.
  • I think you mean rain
  • You think that is what did it? It has a pretty good worn spot in the middle where you would walk.
  • Stone steps within the courthouse I worked at had worn areas from foot traffic. In this case, it's quite possibly from foot traffic, too.
  • If you would walk in that groove you'd catch your foot pretty often and fall. It looks like grooves made intentionally to divert water into a gutter so the rest of the step would keep dry. They're patched in places to form this shape.
  • They are from footsteps. I've visited this castle and the guides specify that it was from centuries of foot traffic. Also everyone visiting with me was intentionally walking in the grooves
  • You can really see the eroded channel on those steps. Definitely looks like water erosion.
  • Why do most step from the middle ages have these wear marks even with no exposure to the elements. Even steps in US historic buildings such as court houses have wear marks in high traffic areas. Limestone is soft. These are wear marks, not water erosion or channels for rain.
  • I think wear could account for that gentle dip one sees in steps in a lot of historical buildings, but these steps have a clear, sharp channel in them that can only be from water. (Plus, they are open to the elements.)
  • It's from feet. I have been there and the guides say it is from footsteps.
  • This is a great castle! I really enjoy when they take advantage of the natural terrain and the results are so aesthetic.
  • Give me 6 good men with grappling hooks. I'll impregnate the btich.
  • No way! I was on an exchange in the Rheinland-Pfalz area of Germany, which borders this area of France. We rock climbed and toured the castle. It was amazing!
  • That's pronounced "Fleckensteen."
  • Fine, Herr Dr. Frankenstein.
  • It's actually pronounced "Fleckenschtein". Edit: I didn't get the reference. woops!
  • Bluemeep is referencing a joke from Young Frankenstein ...
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